The Armada can still make the playoffs if BOTH of the following scenarios play out:
1. The Long Beach Armada must win at least 3 of its final 5 games; AND
2. The Tucson Toros must lose at least 4 of their final 5 games to the St. George RoadRunners.
This would mean the RoadRunners would win the first- and second-halves, and the Armada would have the second-best overall record to earn the final playoff berth.
For a more detailed breakdown, here's a current look at the South Division's second half standings:
South Division 2nd Half W L PCT GB Streak Last 10 Tucson Toros 19 11 0.633 - 1L 7-3 St. George RoadRunners 20 17 0.541 2.5 1W 5-5 Yuma Scorpions 19 19 0.500 4 1W 6-4 Long Beach Armada 16 17 0.485 4.5 2W 6-4 Orange County Flyers 16 18 0.471 5 2L 2-8
The Armada is the only team still alive to make the playoffs other than the first-place Toros. Long Beach has five games left in the regular season as do the RoadRunners and Toros who finish the season with all their games against each other. For the Armada to reach the playoffs for a GBL-record fourth time, the RoadRunners must win the second half to clinch an overall title like the Calgary Vipers did in the north division. For St. George to win the second half, the RoadRunners must win four of their final five games against the Toros.
If the RoadRunners win both halves, the second South Division playoff spot will be awarded to the team with the second-best overall record.
Currently, here are the South Division overall standings:
South Division Overall W L PCT GB Streak Last 10 St. George RoadRunners 45 32 0.584 - 1W 5-5 Tucson Toros 36 32 0.529 4.5 1L 7-3 Long Beach Armada 36 35 0.507 6 2W 6-4 Orange County Flyers 33 383 0.465 9 2L 2-8 Yuma Scorpions 29 46 0.387 15 1W 6-4
If the RoadRunners do win four of their final five games to clinch the second half, that would leave the Tucson Toros with an overall record of 37-36 for a winning percentage of 0.507 on the season. Long Beach would have to win at least three of its final five games to finish at 39-37 on the year (a 0.513 winning percentage) for the second-best overall record and the final playoff berth. If the Armada only wins two of the final five games, the team would finish 38-38, and the Toros would earn the final playoff spot with a better overall record.
So the simplified version of how the Armada can make the playoffs:
Armada must win at least 3 of final 5 games, AND Tucson must lose at least 4 of final 5 games.
Here are the remaining schedules for Long Beach, St. George and Tucson:
|Remaining Games||Long Beach Armada||St. George RoadRunners||Tucson Toros|
|Thursday, August 27||@ Orange County||Tucson||@ St. George|
|Friday, August 28||Victoria||@ Tucson||St. George|
|Saturday, August 29||Victoria||@ Tucson||St. George|
|Sunday, August 30||Victoria||@ Tucson||St. George|
|Monday, August 31||Victoria||@ Tucson||St. George|